About this project
Gemma Bond Dance is fundraising for two evenings of dance in NYC this summer. The shows will be a part of The Joyce Ballet Festival. The program features new and reconstructed works by Gemma:
'Then and Again', was created and performed in 2016 at Danspace, with the bare minimum of lighting and dancers. This year we have an exciting collaboration with Ruby Canner who's creating new costumes for the work's performances at The Joyce.
Choreographer: Gemma Bond
Music: Alfredo Piatti, 12 Caprices for solo Cello, Op.25
Costume Design: Ruby Canner
Lighting Design: Serena Wong
Performers: Alexandra Basmagy, Thomas Forster, Luciana Paris, Lauren Post, Jose Sebastian, Devon Teuscher, Katherine Williams, Stephanie Williams
'The Giving' was initially developed by a Fellowship Initiative Grant from the New York Choreographic Institute, an affiliate of New York City Ballet. It will premier at The Joyce Theater in July, with a brand new commissioned score by Lori Scacco, and new costumes designed by Kyle Edmund.
Choreographer: Gemma Bond
Music: Lori Scacco 'The Giving'
Costume Design: Kyle Edmund Lighting Design: Serena Wong
Performers: Christine Shevchenko, Cory Stearns
'Impressions' is a Joyce Theater commission. it will premier at The Joyce with Gemma Bond Dance July 25th. This is the longest of the three ballets in the program, twenty seven minutes of dance, danced by seven poetic and technically proficient dancers from American Ballet Theatre. For this ballet Gemma has been collaborating with Brendan Fernandes a visual artist who has created a film to accompany the dance, and the costumes have been designed by James Whiteside.
Choreographer: Gemma Bond
Music: Jennifer Higdon,
Costume Design: James Whiteside
Lighting Design: Serena Wong
Film: Brendan Fernandes
Performers: Skylar Brandt, Tyler Maloney, Calvin Royal III ,Gabe Stone Shayer, Devon Teuscher, Cassandra Trenary, James Whiteside
The three works in the program examine the connection between the aesthetics of ballet in relation to everyday events. Bond’s choreography is a study in placing ballet in a less traditional setting—without scenery and without mime. Through dance and important collaborations with other artists, musicians, and designers, the work explores the possibilities of creating art that takes a different approach to connect with the audience.
ARTISTS AND COLLABORATORS
Here's more info on the brilliant artists that are currently collaborating with Gemma Bond Dance for the upcoming performances at The Joyce.
The Dancers: Alexandra Basmagy, Skylar Brandt, Cory Stearns, James Whiteside, Thomas Forster, Luciana Paris, Christine Shevchenko, Devon Teuscher, Cassandra Trenary, , Lauren Post Calvin Royal III, Jose Sebastian, Katherine Williams, Stephanie Williams, Gabe Stone Shayer and Tyler Maloney.
Costume Designer: Ruby Canner is a self-taught, freelance designer based in Manhattan. She was raised in the south, but has spent the last 15 years in New York City working in fashion. In 2003, at the forefront of a creative wave that originated in the Lower East Side with so many inspired designers at the time, Ruby opened a small shop and atelier on Ludlow St, where she designed and sold her collections to the young and stylish, to the fashion tastemakers, and directly to a host of creative celebrities. Within a few short years, she was designing a private label for Anthropologie worldwide, as well continuing to inspire and dress private clients for everything from a day at the office to walking the red carpet. In 2012, Ruby closed the shop to focus on freelance design, styling, and producing mostly custom pieces for private clients.
Costume Designer: Kyle Edmund a designer, pattern maker, and performance artist originally from Toronto, Canada and living in New York City. He has worked for a number of luxury fashion houses including Marchesa, Christian Siriano, and Austin Scarlett. He has had the pleasure to dress Olivia Culpo during her reign as Miss USA, Cassandra Trenary of American Ballet Theatre and most recently Principal ballerina, Gillian Murphy. Kyle continues to collaborate with emerging designers to create beautiful ensembles for the modern woman.
Visual Artist: Brendan Fernandes is a Canadian artist of Kenyan and Indian descent. He completed the Independent Study Program of the Whitney Museum of American Art (2007) and earned his MFA from the University of Western Ontario (2005) and his BFA from York University in Canada (2002). Fernandes has exhibited widely domestically and abroad, including exhibitions at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Musee d'art contemporain de Montreal; The National Gallery of Canada, Ontario; and the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam among several others. Fernandes is represented by Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago.
Composer: Jennifer Higdon is a major figure in contemporary Classical music, receiving the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in Music for her Violin Concerto and a 2010 Grammy for her Percussion Concerto. Higdon enjoys several hundred performances a year of her works, and blue cathedral is one of America’s most performed contemporary orchestral works, with more than 600 performances worldwide since its premiere in 2000. Her works have been recorded on over four dozen CDs. Higdon’s most current project is an opera based on the best-selling novel, Cold Mountain, by Charles Frazier. It was premiered by the Santa Fe Opera in August of 2015 and will travel to Opera Philadelphia, Minnesota Opera and North Carolina Opera in the next two seasons. Higdon holds the Rock Chair in Composition at The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. Her music is published exclusively by Lawdon Press.
Composer: Lori Scacco is a composer, musician, and sound collagist based in New York City. Her scores and site-specific installations inhabit varying worlds, from classical dance to fine art to performance. Select collaborations have been presented by Harvestworks, the Miller Theatre, the New York Choreographic Institute, Postmasters Gallery, the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, and the Wexner Center for the Arts. Scacco has been an ensemble member of Savath + Savalas and Helado Negro, and is one half of psych-folk duo Storms. She has recorded extensively and was the co-founder and guitarist of Seely, the first American band on UK imprint Too Pure.
Lighting Designer: Serena Wong is a Brooklyn-based freelance lighting designer for theater, opera, and dance. Her designs have been seen at New York Live Arts, Danspace, Irondale Arts Center, REDCAT, and Jacob's Pillow. She previously designed Polaroid Stories at the New School. She is the lighting supervisor for Dorrance Dance. Wong worked with Gemma Bond Dance in 2016 on HARVEST.
The Venue: The Joyce Theater
Risks and challenges
Gemma Bond Dance is thrilled to be part of The Joyce Ballet Festival 2017.
I've seen so much inspiring work over the years at The Joyce and have been fortunate enough to dance there myself several times. It's always been such a special place for me. I very much want to show my respect for this legendary dance space by producing work that I believe in 100%. Performances of this nature incur large costs and, in addition to the generous commissioning support of The Joyce, we are seeking additional funds to close some of the gaps needed to cover the various expenses related to mounting a production like this. We have already been raising funds to cover the cost of rehearsal studios, costume makers, stage management, lighting, and more, and we can ensure that 100% of your pledge at this stage of the process will go towards dancer salaries. With your help this talented group can complete the rehearsal process and put on a show we are more than thrilled to share with you.
It's an honor to be part of The Joyce Ballet Festival. We fundraise in hope that people like you will want to encourage new works from artists like us.
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